Best Google Pixel 5 Wireless Chargers 2020


Best
Google Pixel 5 Wireless Chargers
Android Central
2020

Google’s history of wireless charging on its Pixels is somewhat rocky, but the Google Pixel 5 should work with a wider variety of wireless chargers. Yes, the Pixel 5 might actually end the insanity of wonky compatibility and bizarre charging speeds we saw with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, thanks to the 15W Extended Power Profile used in the Pixel 5. There’s many, many great chargers out there that support this wireless spec, but your Pixel deserves only the best. These are the best Pixel 5 wireless chargers, including pads and stands.

These are the best Pixel 5 wireless charging pads and stands

Wireless charging gets better with every generation of Pixel phones, and the Pixel 5 seems to have made things easier than ever by using the same 15W EPP (Extended Power Profile) Qi standard that other manufacturers like LG have been using for years. Of the EPP wireless chargers on the market today, I’m especially fond of the Anker PowerWave Alloy because it supports Power Delivery input. This means that you can use the cable and wall charger that your Pixel 5 came with to power it, and simply unplug the pad and plug in your phone when you need a top-off faster than 15W wireless will provide.

If you want to go vertical with a wireless charging stand, the Anker PowerWave II Stand comes with a dedicated power supply — though it’s a dedicated barrel AC adapter, so it’ll be harder to replace if you lose or break it. The charging indicator LED on the front also isn’t too bright if you intend to keep this stand on your bedside.

While the Google Pixel Stand is guaranteed to work with the Pixel 5, it’ll only charge at 10W, so it won’t give you the full speed a 15W charger like the Anker PowerWave or the darling and well-designed Moshi Lounge Q would.

Troubleshooting wireless charging on your Google Pixel 5

Wireless charging is supposed to be this super-easy thing — just drop it down and walk away easy — but on a Google Pixel phone it’s been anything but that in previous years and I do not expect that streak to change with the Pixel 5. So if a wireless charger isn’t charging your Pixel 5 fast — or worst, not charging at all — then let’s kick all the tires before we start crowing about dud products or false advertising.

What is powering your wireless charger?

Most Qi chargers are still designed to run on Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0/3.0, but some newer models are made for Power Delivery power. If your wireless charger didn’t come with a AC adapter — also known as a wall plug or USB charger — check the box or manual that came with your charger.

  • If your charger is plugged into a Power Delivery (PD) charger and isn’t turning on at all, then it’s designed only for QC chargers. Hunt down one of your spares or buy a new one.
  • If your charging pad is charging slow, check that the wall charger you’re using is powerful enough. 15W wireless charging usually needs 18W input at least, so check the box for what input profiles your charger accepts.

Is your charging pad slow/spotty but you’re using the right wall charger?

If things are slow or inconsistent but you know that it’s getting the right amount of power, you could still have issues with alignment and case thickness. Here’s how to check them all.

  • Take your case off and see if the Pixel 5 gets a more consistent charge. Most charging pads have a maximum case thickness that they can charge through, and if you’re case is too bulky or has a metal plate in it for a car mount, wireless charging won’t work. If the charging pad works when your case it off, you may need to buy yourself a thinner case.
  • Try a friend or family member’s phone on the charger and see if they’ll get the full speed where the Pixel 5 doesn’t. This isn’t a foolproof method — the EPP profile that the Pixel uses differs from Samsung and Apple’s fast wireless charging profiles — but it can help you rule out if the coil in your charger is misaligned or quirky.
  • Rotate your phone around on a flat wireless charging pad to check and see if your new Qi charging pad has specific point of alignment for activating Qi charging. Usually coils are centered exactly on a pad, but multi-coil charging pads sometimes have dead spots between each of the coils.
  • For charging stands, rotate the phone 90 degrees and see if you’re better speeds or more consistent charging. Because phones vary more widely in height than in width, if your phone hits a dead spot vertically, chances are it’ll still hit the lower coil in landscape.

    If you’re getting good speeds/consistency with other phones but not with the Pixel 5, that charging might have issues with the unique way the Pixel 5 does wireless charging.The Pixel 5 has an aluminum back with a cutout through which the wireless charging isn’t blocked.

While this is a solution that so far seems to work pretty well, it does mean that the Pixel 5 might be more particular about placement on a wireless charger than most phones. The chargers listed in the collection above are all rated to support the EPP charging profile the Pixel 5 does, but we haven’t been able to test every single Qi charger with it yet.

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